My Journey To Summer Fashion Body Confidence

Are you excited for Summer? I know I am especially with the weather trying to warm up a little in the North East but not quite matching the rest of the country. I can’t wait to spend the Summer with BBQs, ice cream, beach walks, family time, my birthday and perhaps a holiday. The one thing that I am nervous about is my Summer fashion.

I’ve talked about my body confidence before and it is a rollercoaster of a ride. Just like every other person on this planet there are days I feel really unhappy and want to change everything and then there are days that I can put on that outfit from my wardrobe and feel invincible. Not going to lie, after watching this year’s Love Island for the past two weeks and seeing all those stunning girls in the villa with their slim and beautiful figures, well, it has left me feeling a little bit frumpy. However I am here to tell you that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!

Numbers have no relevance to you. It has no relevance to your style and it shouldn’t affect your body confidence. I’m guilty of “wanting to be a size 10” even nowadays but why do we do this to ourselves? what is a “size 10”? It’s just a number. I have had many conversations with various customers about how we used to be able to get the same size across a number of stores but nowadays that is not the case. You only have to watch Lucy’s video where she tested size 14 jeans across ten different brands to see what the high street stores on doing to society. Just in New Look alone, I’m across three different sizes and in Primark I can only fit into something that is two sizes bigger than my usual size.

Did you know that my friend and I are the exact same size in clothes stores but we have different body shapes and there is nearly a 2 stone difference in weight between the two of us. What looks flattering on you can look completely different on someone else. That’s because every piece of clothing is made different to the other garment. Sizes don’t matter. Do you love the look of those trousers? Buy them and flaunt them!

I have spent so many years avoiding certain clothes including shorts because I was scared of how I looked rather than appreciating my body and just enjoying the Summer months. The other day when I tried on the distressed Mom style shorts from New Look I immediately felt confident and as though I could slay those girls in Love Island because everyone loves a little bit of curve. Yes, my legs aren’t lovely and slim like those that you see on Love Island or even Instagram but I’m never going to look like those girls.

As Alice mentions in her recent blog post; Summer fashion is daunting but do you know what? I’m going to get my sticks of meat out, my arms and legs, and enjoy every moment of Summer for what it is worth. I’m not going to sweat it out in a hoody because I’m scared that people are looking at my arms. I’m not going to wear thick jeans because I am scared of not having those thigh gaps. I am going to forget about the labels and grab the clothes that I feel comfortable in.

If you take one piece of advice from this blog post, let it be:

Buy the shorts or that vest top that you like, flaunt it and feel comfortable in what you wear because you are amazing and Summer memories is much more important than stressing over how you look. Your size doesn’t matter but loving yourself and feeling body positive definitely does! 

Are you anxious about Summer fashion? How are you going to combat it?

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